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DDos Attack Cripples Sony PSN while Microsoft Deals with Xbox Live Woes

8 December 2014, 10:34 am EST By Menchie Mendoza Tech Times
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Sony's PlayStation is the latest victim of a series of hacking attacks which had caused its users to be denied of access to the Sony PlayStation online store. The store went down on Monday and is said to be attacked by the hacking group called 'Lizard Squad.'

Visitors who went to the site on Monday were surprised to read a message that says 'Page Not Found! It's not you. It's the Internet's fault.' The attack is one of the series of outages that has affected Sony.

"PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad," said Lizard Squad in a tweet.

Just last month, Sony's Hollywood film studios corporate network was hacked which led to the leaking of some of its current and upcoming movies. The attack is said to be staged by the group known as 'Guardians of Peace.'

The next round of attack involved the leaking of company passwords that were allegedly found in a file directory bearing the label 'Password.' The files that were compromised included the Social Security Numbers of Sony's 47,000 employees and even of actors such as Sylvester Stallone and Judd Apatow.

Sony is aware of the current hacking issue on the PSN and has been working hard to get its services up and running again. The company has urged users to try accessing the site again should they experience difficulties with PSN.

In the meantime, Xbox Live service has also experienced some issues on both Xbox One and Xbox 360. These include downloading content, particularly the latest content update for the title 'Halo: The Master Chief' collection. Other issues involve users receiving error message when they try to download or launch certain applications.

"We're working hard to provide a fix as soon as possible," said Xbox on its support page. "Thanks for your patience, Xbox members. We'll let you know as soon as we know more."

An update states that Xbox One services are said to be back online and operational. However, the services on Xbox 360 are still in need of a fix. One of the affected services is the Xbox Live Indie Games for Xbox 360 payment. The situation was posted on twitter by @ID_Xbox. It enclosed an official statement coupled with an apology from Microsoft. It reads: "Due to a technical issue in our payment system, we recently learned that some payments to select developers in the Xbox Live Indie Games program on Xbox 360 were delayed. Our partners are important to us and we work hard to help make sure they have a great development experience. This was an unfortunate error and we are working hard to fix it. We apologize for this incident and anticipate developers will receive payments within the next two weeks."

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